How Leftists use self-reported marginalized identities for self-advancement.
Goethe wrote this about 200 yrs ago: "I think it is true that humanism will triumph at last; only I fear that the world will at the same time be a vast hospital, where each will be his fellow man's humane sick-nurse."
Auden wrote this over 50 yrs ago: "Reason will be replaced by Revelation. Instead of Rational Law, objective truths perceptible to any who will undergo the necessary intellectual discipline, Knowledge will degenerate into a riot of subjective visions . . . Whole cosmogonies will be created out of some forgotten personal resentment, complete epics written in private languages, the daubs of schoolchildren ranked above the greatest masterpieces...The New Aristocracy will consist exclusively of hermits, bums and permanent invalids."
How did these geniuses predict the future so clearly? They knew that modernity is a machine designed to tear up and demolish all settled beliefs and arrangements (most especially religion, tradition, hierarchy and patrimony), that this machine has no OFF switch and cannot be stopped until it somehow destroys itself, and they foresaw that the Last Man of the 21st century would be a deaf dumb & blind deracinated monad.
And thus this thing called Western Civ completes its circle and becomes an ourobouros, where our greatest minds and leaders have their heads firmly wedged up their own asses and where nothing exists except 1) how we can best perform our pain (the final human commonality) for money and status; and 2) our genitals and how they make us feel about ourselves.
Never mind techno-anarchy, our future (if not present) is techno-barbarism.
So insightful. So well written. This is a perfect summation of the mental illness that has engulfed so much of our country.
Thanks for a great article quantifying what ordinary observation and common sense have been telling us for a while: Progressive leftists are mentally ill. And our elite culture is glorifying mental illness.
As you note, there are certain demographics that demonstrate the trend. i would like to add one: affluence. One can argue that the wealthier have more access to health care and thus less "undiagnosed" mental issues, but I doubt it. In fact I would argue that a mental disorder is a "luxury good" among the rich and idle. The poor and idle manifest their mental problems through addiction. (The rich do also but are a less conspicuous.) The same works with oppression where the sons and daughters of Drs and executives wander the campuses of Ivy league college talking about their oppression. Again, the truly oppressed are too damn busy surviving to make a spectacle of themselves.
Excellent article! I've been saying a lot of this to myself. I do believe that social contagion is behind it; that kind of thing doesn't happen in a vacuum. It does happen around similarly clueless young teens though. <insert standard disclaimer here> There simply cannot be that many naturally-confused people! Having been a teenage girl in the distant past, I know how what one does - the others usually do, too.
"In 2014, a poll of students taken at Pomona College found that 5% of them identified as 'disabled.' That same poll administered in 2019 found that the figure had grown to 22%."
If you reward animals for something, they will do more of it. Pavlov knew that much.
Dr Michael Savage said liberalism is a mental disorder, about forty years ago. You've put together the proof, succinctly.
There is a self inflating quality about this neoliberalism that confers status to victimhood. Soon we will see entirely unacceptable behaviors added to this new broad spectrum of of the backwards alphabet. Soon child rapists & sex with animals will become the new stigmata. Cannibals, corpse eaters & necrophiliacs will be the new rage. Further down (yes, further down) the line parasitic infections will gain sympathy & social status. Then we will have transitioning,homosexual, necrophiliac, cannibal, parasite ridden, demonic possessed/alt faith, statutory rapist, shit eating/eco-consuming ultra Liberals advocating for a dictatorship as democracy allows too many dissenting voices.
After reading this for a second time, another comment.
20.8% of Gen Z identify as LGBT?
1 in 4 high schoolers identify as LGBT per Note 1??
What have the woke madrasas aka public schools done to our children??
There is the possibility that vaxxes, junk food, and endocrine disruptors could be creating underlying mental and sexual disorders. A large portion of these people could really be sick.
On the other hand, with the way the world is going, there's very strong pressure to identify yourself as disabled or otherwise a "victim" to get a job or higher ed. It's not merit based any more.
1. The Cluster B disorders you list are the most harmful to those around them. Anti-Social Personality Disorder is Sociopathy; Histrionic Personality Disorder is highly sexualized behavior that is addicted to limelight and conflict`
2. LGBT doesn't exist. LGB are sexual orientations, while T is gender dysphoria. Completely different phenomenon.
3. The Kinsey Scale has values from zero to six. Zero is exclusively heterosexual, six is exclusively homosexual, and 1 through 5 are all gradations of bisexuality.
Bullseye. Our gay daughter gets my empathy as her generation careens into a world where cosplaying absurdity outranks living as the genuine article. She's a sensitive soul wading in the path of a bunch of shrieking hyenas who hold no interest other than climbing Mt. Victimhood
Except it's a mountain with no peak, as one can plainly see perusing libs of tik tok's twitter timeline. You can't just hate. You have to hate more than the last guy. You can't rise to the top just being gay. The perversion race resembles a pub crawl with no bar time. Yikes
Leftests bestow upon these wonders of virtue levels of morality, from which they create unassailable positions of power. Any behavior becomes acceptable, due to purity of source
Conservatives focus primarily on behaviors and actions. They mock the screeching, the yelling, the hysteria. Fine. But it has limited effect
Behavior is an outcome. The root cause is the power they gain through victimhood- a very target-rich environment. It's a false premise. The victims decrie capitalism as a greedy relic of white, racist, colonialism. We all know, it's actually a free will exchange. Compare that to the game they're playing- upward mobility via identity. If your prospects for "getting ahead" don't look good, make up a new one (thus, 70 some genders and counting).
So who's the greedy one? People advocating for a system where there are voluntary transactions (each party receving perceived value), or one where you use immutable traits (sometimes unjustly) to benefit only yourself?
Is there anything more narcissistic than forcing people to use your pronouns, and freaking the fuck out if someone makes even an honest mistake?
The trans explosion consists of mostly well off white kids. Because reasons, white kids aren't allowed appropriation of black kids. Xir gets deduction for that. Has it ever occurred to minorities that maybe, perhaps, this is the only entry point for white kids to join the victim Olympics? Who's the racist again?
Granted, the media presents a big roadblock. But the only way to take them down is by attacking the false premise. They simply hold no moral standing
I don't think "LGBT identification" is a useful data point for any kind of social analysis. The problem is that it unhelpfully conflates two very different groups, gays and transexuals. What bright bulb decided to lump these two together I've no idea. I've been "practicing" for many years now and I can tell ya, nobody solicited my vote.
Dr. Micheal Savage was way ahead of the curve on this. I read his book "liberalism is a mental disorder" like 15 years ago, maybe longer. This was an excellent article that confirms what many of us think, and have thought for some time.